The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba has assured the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of the cooperation of the state’s judiciary towards the fights against corruption.
Justice Alogba gave this assurance while hosting the Head, Lagos Zonal Office of the EFCC, Mr Hammed Ghali and his team during a courtesy visit at the Ikeja High Court.
The Chief Judge urged the anti graft agency to ensure that it takes seriously, the training and capacity building of its staff, adding that “the onus and burden is on prosecutors to prove their cases beyond reasonable doubt”.
Justice Alogba stated that his team are set to ensure smooth running of administration of the justice system in the State.
He also assured the Commission of the continued support from the Judiciary, to restore back confidence in justice administration system in the State.
He commended the efforts of Ghali since assumption of office in and applauded the innovative style to set up dedicated emails to bridge the communication gap, as well as the appointment of a Liaison Officer to collaborate with the Chief Registrar, to drive good justice system.
These initiatives, according to the Chief Judge, is a step in the right direction and would make the judiciary and the commission work seamlessly in the discharge of their duties.
Justice Alogba told the Commission that the Judiciary is awaiting the need to get more allocation for Judges in Lagos, considering the increase in filing of cases.
Justice Alogba who identified the various challenges facing the judicial system in the State, also assured that work is on-going to address them and ensure that the justice administration system in the state is at its best.
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In a remark, Mr. Hammed Ghali said the Commission is working tireless to ensure cordial relationship between his legal team and judiciary in getting justice against corrupt officials and offenders.
“This is why we have set up a centralized email to bridge the communication gap and appointment of a Liaison Officer to collaborate with the Chief Registrar for effective synergy with the judiciary.”
He pleaded with the Chief Judge to expedite action on pending cases, and in filing/assigning of more judges to upcoming fresh cases bordering on financial crimes.
He expressed his appreciation to all Lagos State Judges for their efficient and effective way in handling financial crime cases allotted to them.